Michael John Nelson (born October 11, 1964) is an American comedian best known as the head writer of Mystery Science Theater 3000 once the show jumped from KTMA to Comedy Central. He later took over from series creator Joel Hodgson as the human host character, also named Mike Nelson.
Since the show ended, he has starred in RiffTrax alongside fellow MST3K alumni Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. He has also provided DVD commentaries for old B movies.
He is married to fellow MST3K alum Bridget Jones and is good friends with Doug TenNapel. He is also a devout Christian and politically conservative.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- The Film Crew
- Armikrog as Tommynaut
- Story editor for VeggieTales in the House (Yes, really.)note
- 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back, a podcast where Mike and fellow RiffTrax alumni Conor Lastowka reads through and riffs on Ready Player One. Has since continued to do further episodes, not only on Ernest Cline's other book, Armada, but other infamous pieces of literature such as The Eye of Argon and William Shatner's Tek War.
Tropes common Mike Nelson's works include:
- Caustic Critic: One of the trope codifiers.
- Kubrick Stare: Mike frequently does these in MST3K as well as The Film Crew and is really terrifyingly good at them. Just watch him in "The Amazing Transparent Man" episode of MST3K as the Hillbilly Horror "Mikey"; he holds the stare without blinking for over half a minute.